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Physics Majors Haley and Caleb at CERN in Summer in 2016.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Sacramento State has been preparing students for graduate school, teaching careers, and industrial employment for over sixty five years.  Based in Sequoia Hall, overlooking the American River, our students interact closely with faculty members in and out of the classroom.  Educators of the highest quality and excellent laboratory facilities have led Sac State Physics Alumni to graduate programs at institutions such as MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard not to mention wonderful careers in government, private industry, and education.

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In the News

  • Students on the road: Juan Solario, Alexander Stafford, and Mark Samuel Abbott are working with Dr. Moss's collaborators at CERN this summer. Mary Ann Mort is working as a Society of Physics Students intern at the American Center for Physics in College Park Maryland. 
  • Our ATLAS research team was showcased on the University website this winter.  
  • The Summer 2016 Newsletter is up.... 
  • We are pleased to welcome Dr. Rodolfo Barniol Duran to our faculty! Dr. Barniol comes to us most recently from Purdue University where he does theoretical studies of high energy astrophysics, particularly High Energy Jets. He will be joining us in the fall. 
  • Alumni, Emeriti, and Friends sign up for the Sac State Physics Facebook Group
  • We are very pleased to announce the creation of the M. Hossein Partovi Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (P-SURE) award! The P-SURE program was created with the support of the Partovi family and the Department of Physics and Astronomy to remember and honor the contributions made to the Department by Prof. Hossein Partovi. Students who win this award are provided summer employment while they work on a research project with a faculty member in the Department. For information on making contributions to the program so that we can support more students, please contact Prof. DeGraffenreid